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765. Ballast Point Brewing Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Grapefruit SculpinSince reviewing and then re-reviewing the original Sculpin IPA I have been on the look out for the varieties. I picked this up in Vermont a week or two before it hit the shelves in Maine. I enjoyed fresh Sculpin and expected the grapefruit would add a lot more than it did.

Appearance is a nice pale orange with a solid white head that lingered and left plenty of lacing. Aroma has plenty of grapefruit (shocking I know) but also has a nice candylike sweetness. The grapefruit is dialed back a bit in the taste but still very prominent. This beer is still very well balanced and quite refreshing.

Need to find the Habanero Sculpin now to see how that compares.
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Ballast Point
Brewers Description: Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

716. Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL

Sierra Nevada Ballast Point Electric RayThis is my favorite beer so far from the Beer Camp 12-pack. An India Pale Lager from Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point, both of California.

Electric Ray pours a nice clear orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some citrus hops and a light sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with some pine thrown in and a nice bitterness in the finish.

So far this is the only beer from the 12-pack that I would buy again. 

Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.